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  • May 12, 2009
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I hope that this isn't too lame for you, but I bought Maximum Ride due to an in-store display.

I haven't read any other James Patterson books until this one. As soon as I started, my wife, who has read quite a few of his novels, told me that the chapters will really move along. And she wasn't kidding. Some "chapters" are all of a page (or less). Finishing up a few chapters, I decided that what I bought was geared more for the teen market than my demographic. But it was a good read, when put into that context.

This is the story of Max and her charges. Max, a fourteen year old girl, has been genetically engineered, as has the other five main characters. Each of them have wings, due to the splicing of some avian DNA. They escape The School, with the help of one of the scientists, where they were subjected to all sorts of tests. Everything seems to be okay, until Erasers (children engineered with wolf DNA - think werewolves) show up and kidnap one of them. The next part of the book is how the "flock" attempts to rescue one of their own from The School. The remainder of the novel deals with the flock as they attempt to discover where they came from, their parents, and their role in the world. All of this leads to the discovery/infiltration of The Institute.

There isn't a whole lot of character development and the story just kind of ends. But then, this may be fine for the teen set. There is no doubt, after getting to the last page, that Patterson wrote this to be a series. But it was a letdown to get to that point without some sort of closure. Yes, I will read the next novel in the series, if nothing more than to get the closure that I so desperately need. :-) Overall, however, it was a good read and I will be giving it to my kids to read.

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ISBN-10: 031615556X
Author: James Patterson

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